April 21 2014 06:44PM
More positive prospect news for Toronto… Andreas Johnson, the Leafs 7th round pick in 2013, has been named the SHL's Rookie of the Year after scoring 15 goals and 24 points in 44 games this season. The speedy winger beat out Alexander Wennberg (CLB), Kevin Fiala (2014 Eligible), and fellow Leafs prospect Tom Nilsson for the honours. All but Fiala play for Frolunda, which is pretty impressive in itself.
April 18 2014 07:12PM
For this week's TLN Roundtable, resident philosopher Cam Charron posed the following question to our writing staff... "What Now?" The Leafs have a new President, a coach on the hot seat, an underperforming team, and a top ten draft pick. It's a simple question to ask, and a much harder one to answer. Cam, Logan, and Steve II weigh in below...
April 15 2014 06:25PM
As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs will pick 8th in the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft, set to take place on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Florida Panthers will pick first overall, winning the lottery with an 18.8%. Sorry Buffalo.
Picking 8th, it's pretty certain that the Leafs won't have a shot the likes of Kootenay's Sam Reinhart, Kingston's Sam Bennett, or Barrie's Aaron Ekblad. Realistically, they're probably too far back to get one of Oshawa's Michael Dal Colle or Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl as well.
That being said, this isn't a half-bad draft. While there isn't a Nathan MacKinnon, John Tavares, or Steven Stamkos available this time around, there's about a half-a-round of solid prospects. The Leafs should be able to draft one of them, assuming they don't go off the board.
April 10 2014 06:54PM
Well, it looks like it’s a done deal. After several days of rampant speculation, it looks like Brendan Shanahan is set to take over as President of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club. From Damien Cox over at the Toronto Star:
"Shanahan, according to multiple sources, will resign his position as the NHL’s director of player safety as early as Friday and immediately join the Leafs this weekend as the team closes out a disappointing season.While his precise job could not be confirmed, sources suggest the Hall of Fame winger will likely be named president of the Leafs hockey club, not only president of hockey operations.A formal press conference to announce his hiring could happen as early as Monday in Leiweke’s latest eye-popping maneuver."
April 05 2014 10:27AM
After Winnipeg's playoff hopes were dashed following Thursday's loss to Pittsburgh, the Jets will arrive in Toronto looking to play spoilers as the Leafs continue their uphill battle for the East's final wild card spot. Way to go Winnipeg... You're already a disappointment to one fan base, now you gotta get all up in Toronto's grill? Lame, bro.